• India’s Cochin Shipyard wins order for eight anti-submarine ships

    Key Points Cochin Shipyard has won a contest to supply the Indian Navy with eight coastal anti-submarine ships Programme intends to bolster India’s ASW capabilities in shallower waters Cochin Shipyard Limited has won a contest to supply the Indian Navy with eight anti-submarine warfare

  • Malaysia selects NiDAR surveillance system for Littoral Combat Ship

    Key Points Malaysia has selected the NiDAR maritime surveillance system for its Maharaja Lela class System will enhance the platform’s ability to detect perimeter threats such as divers and small boats Malaysia has selected the NiDAR long range maritime surveillance and anti-intruder system

  • Indonesia looks to consolidate procurement rules

    The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on 9 October that it will review its defence procurement procedures with a view to introducing a consolidated policy. The aim is to simplify processes and enhance transparency, it said. The MoD said the review is necessary in light of “different

  • Larsen & Toubro acquires Airbus stake in Indian joint venture

    Indian group Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has acquired Airbus’ stake in a defence joint venture (JV) the two companies established in 2011. L&T said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange that the 26% stake in the JV, named L&T Cassidian Ltd (LTCL), was acquired with cash for just

  • Russia transfers six MiG-29s to Serbia

    Russia transferred six MiG-29 jet fighters to Serbia with three Volga-Dnepr An-124-100 flights on 2-4 October. Taking off from Tretyakovo Airport in Lukhovitsy, some 135 km southeast of Moscow, the airlifters flew the MiG-29s to Batajnica Air Base, 20 km northwest of Belgrade. The aircraft

  • Russian Su-24 crashes in Syria

    A Russian Sukhoi Su-24 bomber crashed during take-off at Humaymim Air Base in Syria on 10 October, Russian news agencies cited the Ministry of Defence as saying. The two crew members did not have time to eject and thus were killed. No casualties on the ground were reported. The cause of the

  • South Korea approves use of locally developed submarine combat system on KSS-3 class

    Key Points South Korea has developed an indigenous submarine combat system for its KSS-3 class Platform will also likely be used to test a number of locally developed submarine warfare systems South Korea’s Ministry of Defense has approved an early version of a locally developed submarine

  • Thailand plans combat helicopter acquisition

    The Royal Thai Army (RTA) plans to acquire combat helicopters to replace its ageing fleet of Bell AH-1F Cobras, Thailand’s Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan has confirmed. Speaking on 6 October, the minister said the plan involves establishing a dedicated procurement committee that will

  • Unidentified militants kill at least five Shia Hazara civilians in Pakistan's Balochistan

    AT LEAST five members of the minority Shia Hazara community were killed when unidentified militants opened fire from their vehicle at the civilians in Quetta in Pakistan's Balochistan province on 8 October, Dawn reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Sri Lanka proposes small increase in defence spending

    The Sri Lankan government has proposed a 2018 defence budget of LKR290.7 billion (USD1.9 billion). The allocation is contained in the 2018 appropriation bill, which was presented to Sri Lanka’s parliament on 9 October. The defence budget amounts to about 7% of total government expenditure for

  • South Korea, US stepping up North Korea-related surveillance, says report

    South Korean and US forces have stepped up North Korea-related reconnaissance operations amid growing speculation that the communist country could test a long-range ballistic missile in the near future, the Yonhap news agency quoted a military source in Seoul as saying on 8 October. US Forces Korea

  • Leonardo to provide SmartIDMS system for RAN’s Collins-class submarines

    Italian defence group Leonardo has been awarded a contract by Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) to provide information management software for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) fleet of Collins-class submarines. In a 5 October statement the company announced that its Smart

  • Russia orders VTA Il-76MD-90A transports

    Lieutenant General Vladimir Benediktov, head of Russia’s military transport aviation command (Voyenno-Transportnoy Aviatsii, VTA), announced at the beginning of October that the Russian Air Force would require 150-200 new Il-76MD-90A transports by the end of the 2020s. The announcement was

  • South Korea secures technology to develop ‘blackout bomb’, says report

    South Korea has secured the technology to build a non-lethal graphite-based ‘blackout bomb’ that could paralyse North Korea’s power systems in case of a war, the Yonhap news quoted military sources as saying on 8 October. “All technologies for the development of a graphite

  • Amphibious ships proposals for Malaysia, Philippine navies stall amid corruption investigations at PT PAL

    Key Points PT PAL’s bid to secure more international orders for its LPD-like platform hampered by ongoing corruption allegations Company calls on government to expedite legal processes against accused parties to avoid further damage to Indonesia’s defence exports Separate talks to

  • Japan positions C-2 transport aircraft for exports

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) is increasing efforts to promote Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ (KHI’s) C-2 medium transport aircraft to international customers, it confirmed on 6 October. The MoD said in a statement that, for the first time, it is flying the C-2 to foreign countries

  • Suspected Islamic State suicide bomber kills at least 20 people in Pakistan's Balochistan

    AT LEAST 20 people, including a police officer and three children, were killed and more than 30 people were wounded when an unidentified suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a shrine in the town of Fatehpur in the Jhal Magsi district of Pakistan's Balochistan province on 5 October, Dawn and

  • Taiwan’s MND proposes 2% increase for 2018 military budget

    Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) is to propose a 2018 defence budget of TWD327.8 billion (USD10.8 billion), state-run news in the country reported on 7 October. The allocation, which will be submitted to the Legislative Yuan on 11 October, represents an increase of about 1.9% (or

  • Quickstep announces board changes

    Australian company Quickstep announced on 9 October plans to streamline its board of directors in line with its continuing restructuring. The firm, a specialist in advanced composites, said three of its non-executive directors (Nigel Ampherlaw, Peter Cook, and Errol McCormack) are retiring and will

  • Saab and Thai group Amata sign industrial accord

    Saab signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Thai industrial estate developer Amata on 5 October to study areas of industry and technology collaboration. The MOU is in support of Saab’s potential involvement in Amata’s plans to create a ‘smart city’ and an aerospace